News: Kevin Smith, Tasmania, Mr. Brainwash, New Hampshire

 road NH House to vote on marriage equality repeal Wednesday. Rejection recommended.

Brainwash road New York gets Brainwashed.

 road Nodar Kumaritashvili, the Georgian luger who was killed at the Olympics, told his father he was terrified of the  Whistler luge track: "He called me before the Olympics, three days ago, and he said, 'Dad, I'm scared of one of the turns.' I said, 'Put your legs down on the ice to slow down,' but he said if he started the course he would finish it. … He was brave."

 road Andrew Sullivan and Maggie Gallagher to face off at forum: "Is There a Place for Gay People in Conservatism and Conservative Politics?"

 road Duane Roggendorf and Rod Townsend have started 'this is fyf', a blog for gays in NYC. Writes Rod: "We're taking a different approach to things, using a voice that we think has been absent previously "

 road Ugandan police block anti-gay demonstration. Pro-gay activists secretly meet in Kampala.

 road Director Kevin Smith ejected by Southwest Airlines over weight, unleashes Twitter tirade.

 road Former Advocate publisher Michael Phelps, 45, found dead at L.A. home.

Anthony road Iraq war vet and author Michael Anthony discusses implications of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" repeal.

 road UK inmate claims discrimination after prison bosses seize his gay porn collection: "How can he impose Christian views on a whole prison? How can I overturn this homophobic stance? “There are a lot of gays in here who are furious and feel victimised."

 road Scottish rugby fan drops kilt on live TV.

 road Marriage equality failures make Atlantic City, NJ mass wedding slightly less celebratory: "More than 100 couples attended, a few of them for civil unions or civil-union renewals…'For right now, I want to say it's better than nothing. I'm just hoping that eventually (same-sex marriage) will pass and we can have all the same rights as straight couples. We don't see ourselves as any different."

 road Kate Winslet to star in Mildred Pierce mini-series.

 road New Mexico domestic partnership bill to get hearing on Monday.

 road Greenland's glaciers melting from the bottom up: "There's an entrenched view in the public community that glaciers only lose ice when icebergs calve off. Our study shows that what's happening beneath the water is just as important."

Obamaminime  road Obama's Mini-Me.

 road Lesbian priest Mary Glasspool closer to consecration: "The Rev. Canon Mary Douglas Glasspool has 29 consents to become bishop suffragan, according to a recent report by the Diocese of Los Angeles. She needs 56 to be confirmed as the second openly homosexual bishop in The Episcopal Church."

 road 'Gay' poem shakes up the Utah legislature.

 road Gay guide to Tasmania banned from Sydney Mardi Gras.

 road Teens held by police after drawing 25-foot snow penis.

 road Rachel Maddow says she's not an activist: "I think of it more in the tradition of muckraking. A lot of the best reporting since time immemorial has been driven by outrage about things not being the way they should be, by the shock at shameless, lying hypocrisy. For me it's a question of whether you're doing advocacy journalism or not. It's not activism — you see a lot of that at Fox, using news coverage to inspire political participation."


  1. TANK says

    It’s sad that the only people we have to argue in favor of marriage equality are those like Andrew Sullivan…who is an okay writer (not great, but not bad.)..and just better educated than the majority of gay pundits/celebs publically speaking out in favor of marriage equality. But he’s unpersuasive and not very good at argument (those are distinct, of course), and given many of his other views and an almost lack of interest/ability in defending them, not very credible.

  2. says

    I agree, it’s a bummer that the media savvy (mediawhore?) Sullivan is the “go to Gay”. I think he’s just giving her what she wants in free publicity. The worst part is that I’m sure they go out for a cocktail afterwards like girlfriends.

    Have Rachel Maddow debate her for the real deal.

  3. Rodney says

    Michael Anthony doesn’t want to talk about the “escapades that go on overseas”. From my point of view, that would be (by far) the most interesting thing he had to say. I’ve never read anything on same sex relations (and the repercussions of it) in war zones and would be very curious to see for myself what has been written on the subject.

  4. says

    DANGER WILL ROBINSON!!!! With all due respect to veteran Michael Anthony, he makes some assertions in his essay spreading like a virus across the Net that are dangerously misrepresentative of the facts, or oversimplifies them in ways that must be clarified for those in the military or thinking of enlisting.

    His assertion, “someone can be gay in the military; they just can’t talk about being gay in the military,” SHOULD READ:

    Someone gay can be IN the military, they just can’t talk about being gay or touch or ATTEMPT to touch IN ANY WAY another person of the same gender that could be interpreted as having been for sexual gratification. This includes as little as putting or attempting to put your arm around someone’s shoulder. That means that one can’t talk to/touch ANYONE at ANYTIME in ANYPLACE without risking being discovered, investigated, and discharged.

    This includes telling a parent, civilian friend, or military chaplain capable of violating the rules of confidentiality.
    Further, while some other acts are protected in theory, e.g., possession of a gay magazine, contacting a gay-related Website, or simply being seen at a gay bar or gay pride event, they can lead to suspicion which can lead to one being investigated which could uncover more concrete, permissible evidence.

    Most gay servicemembers with partners are afraid of listing their partners as an emergency contact on required military forms and as their beneficiaries on military death benefits forms fearing listing someone of the same gender might trigger an investigation [despite a DoD memorandum that asserts that listing same gender contacts alone, are not justification for starting an investigation…rules are not always followed].

    THEN there’s his ABSURD anecdote: “Upon further questioning on how they plan to get out deployment if called, their answer is simple: ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’, expounding further, they say that if they’re called up, they will simply kiss a member of the same sex-in front of their commander.

    This MYTH is as old as the ban on gays in the military itself, which goes back long before DADT, nearly 70 years.

    THE TIMELESS FACT IS that there is NO de facto relationship between the military even knowing for CERTAIN that one is gay [let alone one simply claiming he or she is] and being discharged in every instance. In short, whether gay or playing gay-if they need you enough you’re going “over there.”

    According to Allen Berube’s classic “Coming Out Under Fire,” during World War II “the adjutant general ordered the commanding general of the West Coast Air Corps Training Center in California to review the cases of some men ALREADY CONVICTED OF SODOMY “to determine their respective availability for military service” with “the view of conserving all available manpower for service in the Army.” He canceled the men’s dishonorable discharges and made them eligible for reassignment AFTER COMPLETING THEIR PRISON SENTENCES!

    In 1945, facing manpower shortages during the final European offensive in Europe, Secretary of War Harry Stimson, ordered a review of all gay discharges and ordered commanders to “salvage” homosexual soldiers for service whenever necessary.

    Such “stop-loss” games continued in every war we’ve been in through today. According to the Palm Center, during the first Gulf War, a Pentagon spokesman said in relation to gay discharges, “Any administrative procedure is dependent on operational considerations of the unit that would administer such proceedings.” Then Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney ordered gay discharges temporarily frozen so they’d have enough “cannon fodder” as the expression goes.

    In the “Army Commander’s Handbook,” updated in 1999 and still in effect, under the criterion of homosexuality: “if discharge is not requested prior to the unit’s receipt of alert notification, discharge isn’t authorized. Member will enter active duty with the unit.”

    In 2005, a military spokesperson acknowledged they were sending openly gay service members into combat in Iraq…who IF they survived would be discharged AFTER returning stateside.

    Even if one is not facing immediate deployment, the military is not going to immediately discharge anyone simply based on a self-assertion that he or she is gay.

    In 2008, Anthony Woods was attending Harvard on an Army scholarship when he decided he could no longer keep his secret and told his commander he is gay. He was only discharged after a six-month investigation [during which time he might have been deployed and the investigation put on hold]…and had to repay his $35,000 scholarship.

    I urge the well-intentioned Mr. Anthony to correct these potentially damaging errors.





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